Cohorts

Our Cohorts continue to increase and attract new participants.  Some formed many years ago while others are just being added by new members. Cohorts are usually defined as “a group of people banded together” or “a group of people with a common characteristic.” Each of our Cohorts is a brainchild of one of our members and ranges from Poker and Cinema to Rosh Chodesh and Mussar.  You do not need to be a member to participate in our cohorts although we would greatly appreciate a membership contribution.  In JCo’s case, we cohorts come together as Jews with common passions and talents and enjoy each others’ company.

 
Cohort members create memories and experiences thereby creating a community that enjoys being Jewish together while being productive. 

If you would like to join or start a cohort please contact admin@jcosd.com.

  • The Arc & Art of Aging Gracefully Monthly Women’s Discussion Group. Held on the Fourth Saturday of the month, this group has been meeting since the Covid pandemic began.  Led by Marsha Janger, the women discuss challenges facing us as we move into our sixties, seventies, eighties, plus, and finding contentment with who we have become. Contact person: Marsha Janger. This Cohort is on hiatus since September 2021. Please let Sara know if you are interested in these meetings
  • Book Club meets on the first Saturday of every month from 10:30 to 12PM. Books and facilitators are chosen well in advance. Please see the calendar for details. If you are interested in participating, please contact Susan at susan@ueseminars.com. During the Covid19 Pandemic, these sessions have moved online via Zoom.
  • Cinema Night Cohort meets on the first Saturday of every month from 6:30 to 9:30 PM for a movie and a discussion. Susan Locker who takes care of picking the movie and making it available. Cost is $5-10 and includes popcorn; must be 17 years old or older. Babysitting is available off campus. If you are interested in attending, please contact Susan Locker at susan@ueseminars.com . We are not meeting during the Covid19 pandemic.  
  • Cooking Cohort Diane Hillman, along with Bev Auerbach, Tirza Arad and Sherril Shiffman lead cooking classes for us. These are held in the church’s industrial kitchen and on Saturdays.  Before the pandemic, this cohort led the annual hamantashen competition during JCo’s Purim Festival and coronated the Hamantashen King after a proper jury selection. This group together with all Events members has filled our now famous goodie bags with homemade cookies. All preparations for our Annual Chai Tea are made possible by the Events Committee and this cohort. If you are interested in joining this cohort,  please contact Sara at Admin@JCoSD.com 
  • Current Issues Discussion Group led by Sherwin Chasen discusses a wide range of topics once per month on the 4th Thursday of every month. All comments and opinions are welcomed and respected! The purpose of this discussion group is fun, informational, and helps to build stronger relationships between JCo members. During the Covid19 Pandemic, this group meets on Zoom. For more information contact  sachasen@gmail.com.
  • Decoding Hebrew Cohort  meets every week on Monday at 3PM on Zoom.  It lasts 13 weeks and by the end, the students can read Hebrew!  Led by Tirza Arad, this course is a must for everyone who wants to actively participate in JCo services. For more information, contact Sara at admin@jcosd.com
  • Family Chavurah  (chavurah means fellowship) meets once per month, usually on the Friday that preceded our Saturday morning service. During Covid, these events were not possible and until children younger than 12 are not immunized, Family Chavurah is on hold. Once we are able to restart, we will. Our families with kids of all ages come together for dinner and an activity at JCo. This program started in the Fall of 2019 and has been an incredible success thanks to Lori Sandground along with Libby and Gabi. A Chavurah is defined as Fellowship; a small group of Jewish people who assemble for the purpose of sharing a communal experience. Join our monthly family Chavurah at JCo for a Friday evening of fun and food once the Covid19 pandemic passes. Please check the JCo calendar for details and times. The JCo Chavurah is free to members of JCo; non-members are asked to donate $10 per event or $50 per year. Additionally, each family is responsible for the cost of the activity for their family. If you are interested, please email Lori Sandground at lori.sandground@sbcglobal.net. 
  • Garden Cohort is led by our amazing Bev Auerbach with support from Michael Arad and Corey Meitchik and meets as needed. This cohort keeps our garden free of weeds and pests. Our kumquat tree produces fruit that Bev has made into a delicious jam; always available at JCo for a $10 donation to the Garden Fund. If you like to garden, we need you. Please contact Sara at admin@jcosd.com

  • Games (Poker and Mahjong) meets monthly on Sunday evenings. All sessions were stopped when the pandemic hit and have not restarted yet.  Games are arranged by Jeff Ross. If interested in playing or learning how to play, please contact Sara at admin@jcosd.com
  • Israeli Dance meets on Tuesdays from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Come and join the fun! No experience necessary! All levels welcome! Barbara Birenbaum instructs this fun class. A list of videos is provided for home practice. We do ask for a small donation ($10) per class. During Covid we dance outside on the deck and require vaccination. Please contact Sara at admin@jcosd.com
  • Let’s Connect Expanded Cohort meets every Sunday at 4:30PM on Zoom.  The goal is to  check in with each other and offer each other support. We can visit, discuss topics we think are important and best of all – connect and spend time with our JCo Community! The meetings are led by Nancy Cohen, MD who facilitates a structured emotional exploration of topics that inspire us and that bring us fear or challenge. This group aims to allow us to get to know ourselves and each other better in a safe space. Please check our virtual calendar for details. 
  • Modern Conversational Hebrew Cohort meets on Zoom every Wednesday at 1:00 PM.Tirza Arad leads this cohort and we welcome new students all the time.  Tirza is a gifted and experienced teacher.  You don’t want to miss this.  For more information, contact Sara at admin@jcosd.com
  • ROSH CHODESH Cohort led by Gabi & Tirza Arad. This cohort is for women only. It started with a small group and grew to include many of us.  Rosh Chodesh, the first of each Jewish month is the celebration of the new moon, its slender crescent barely visible in the night sky.  This day is historically associated with women’s renewal and celebration. Some say that this is because the women of Israel did not offer their jewelry for the creation of the Golden Calf. As a result, they were given Rosh Chodesh as a day when they could abstain from work. To this day, some women refrain from some forms of labor on Rosh Chodesh. Others have connected the waxing and waning of the moon to a woman’s menstrual cycle. Whatever the reason, Rosh Chodesh has long been a time for Jewish women to gather for a wide variety of activities, from reciting traditional liturgy, to sharing a meal (or a glass of wine), discussing Jewish ethics, and working for social change.  Please refer to the JCo virtual calendar for details. 
  • Saturday Morning Yoga Cohort with Paul Kurtin – once  Covid 19 took over our lives, Yoga moved from once per month to every  Saturday at 9 AM on Zoom.  You do not need to be a Yoga practitioner to enjoy these one hour sessions.  Paul starts each one with a ten minute discourse on the current Torah portion, combined with teachings from Yoga, Sufism, Taoism and his own musings. Paul Kurtin has practiced and taught Yoga for decades; join in  and experience Yoga as a way of life and not a sweaty exercise opportunity. If interested in joining please contact Sara at admin@jcosd.com and check our online calendar.
  • Shireinu (Our Songs) Cohort  meets weekly on Wednesdays at 2:30-3:30 in person outside at JCo with all participants vaccinated and masked.  Sandy Sherman and Tirza Arad are leading Shirenu and it is fun and lively time.  Our goal is to sing and harmonize with Gabi during JCo services  and to lead the congregation during the High Holidays when Gabi takes the Torah to the members in the Torah Processional.  The only requierement to join Shireinu is love to sing. If you are interested in participating please contact Sara at Admin@JCoSD.com . We are now meeting on in-person only (must be vaccinated).
  • Torah Study Cohort led by Andy Shiffman meets every Monday from 1PM-2PM on Zoom.  What started as a small group of Torah enthusiasts, has grown to an active and participatory discussion  the week’s parsha focusing on the original  text, our understanding and scholarly commentaries.. . If you are interested in participating please contact Sara at Admin@JCoSD.com